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Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal:they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It Happened at the Ball…

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It Happened in the Garden…

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed … thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It Happened One Autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?

Topics: England, Opposites Attract, Witty, Lighthearted, Kidnapping, Friendship, Marriage, Heiress, and Enemies to Lovers

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ISBN: 9780061793196
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The Wallflowers series is turning out to be one of my favorites - and 'It Happened One Autumn' was a thorough delight.

The perfume was an excellent opening gambit, a very original twist on an old idea - and I loved the way that Kleypas carried through the theme of scent over the course of the novel.

I adored Lillian, although I definitely have my own very biased reasons for favoring mouthy, headstrong heroines. And I thought that Kleypas paced the book in the most excellent way - Lillian and Marcus fight a lot, and those fights are pretty damn sexy, but right from the beginning Kleypas writes in the most lovely, tender moments between the two - it's clear over the course of the novel that they're growing to understand one another and respect one another, to have fun together. More than in a lot of romances, I came to believe that these were two people who could have a long and happy marriage together.

I happened to really enjoy Marcus - he is exactly as described, an extraordinarily talented man who can be overbearing and arrogant. I think his flaws make him more rather than less appealing & Kleypas does a respectable job here of making a solid connection between his love for sports and his exceedingly well developed physique (a lot of romance heroes, I have noticed, really don't have the kind of devotion to exercise necessary to develop the kind of bodies they're supposedly blessed with...).

This is a series not to read out of order, and I'm glad. I like that Kleypas has continued developing characters from earlier books in the series - Annabelle and Olivia, Simon Hunt & Shaw - and does a lot of work fleshing out characters who will have their own books later.

I really cannot wait for the next installment...more
It Happened One Autumn
5 Stars

Synopsis
It is hate at first sight for Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff, and the brash American heiress, Miss Lillian Bowman. He sees her as brash and ill-mannered while she perceives him as arrogant and snobbish. The only problem is that they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Will they be able to get past their differences and accept that they are perfect for one another?

Review
Delightful and fun.

The writing and dialogue is excellent and the influence of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is very much in evidence from the load and boorish parents to the slightly shady suitor (although St. Vincent is much sexier than Wickham) and the arrogant hero who is brought to his knees by the unconventional heroine.

Marcus and Lillian have an all-consuming passion and chemistry that sizzles the pages. Their opposites attract romance with its witty banter and steamy scenes is wonderful. Marcus is sexy in his stuffiness and struggles against his attraction to a woman he perceives as beneath him (Darcy anyone). Nevertheless, the vibrant and headstrong Lillian breaks through all of his barriers.

The perfume aphrodisiac motif was original and entertaining although the "secret ingredient" was obvious from the start.

The ending is unexpected and exciting, and it will be fascinating to see how St. Vincent redeems himself in the next book - the epilogue ensured that I would read the book immediately.more
This is the second installment in the Wallflower Series. This book focuses on Lillian, the fiercely independent American heiress, and Marcus or Lord Westcliff, the stubborn, snobbish, yet very eligible English bachelor. Together these two have some serious chemistry. Unfortunately, most of the romance built up between these two occurs in book one, so it appears as if the romance happens rather quickly in book two. I could have done with a bit more back and forth between these two since there was some pretty good laugh out loud moments during their bantering. My only complaint is Kleypas’ insistence on using the word quiver once again. It’s used so much the word seems misplaced. I’m interested though in continuing onto Evangeline’s and St. Vincent’s romance.more
Well, that was intense...Again: so romantic. Lisa Kleypas you melt my heart.This book tells the story of the second wallflower scheduled to get a husband, Miss Lillian Bowman. She's filthy rich, very spirited, extremely sharp-tongued, and an American, an American husband-hunting in Victorian England, and her parents will have nothing else than an aristocrat for son-in-law - poor Lillian. Not really, for she manages to get the attention of the most eligible bachelor around, Marcus Westcliff, who is nuts about following traditions, and always does the right thing. Oh boy. Historical romance fans everywhere: you do not want to miss this.And I can not wait to put my hands on book #3 Devil in Winter, Evie's book, because she's my favorite wallflower! :)more
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The Wallflowers series is turning out to be one of my favorites - and 'It Happened One Autumn' was a thorough delight.

The perfume was an excellent opening gambit, a very original twist on an old idea - and I loved the way that Kleypas carried through the theme of scent over the course of the novel.

I adored Lillian, although I definitely have my own very biased reasons for favoring mouthy, headstrong heroines. And I thought that Kleypas paced the book in the most excellent way - Lillian and Marcus fight a lot, and those fights are pretty damn sexy, but right from the beginning Kleypas writes in the most lovely, tender moments between the two - it's clear over the course of the novel that they're growing to understand one another and respect one another, to have fun together. More than in a lot of romances, I came to believe that these were two people who could have a long and happy marriage together.

I happened to really enjoy Marcus - he is exactly as described, an extraordinarily talented man who can be overbearing and arrogant. I think his flaws make him more rather than less appealing & Kleypas does a respectable job here of making a solid connection between his love for sports and his exceedingly well developed physique (a lot of romance heroes, I have noticed, really don't have the kind of devotion to exercise necessary to develop the kind of bodies they're supposedly blessed with...).

This is a series not to read out of order, and I'm glad. I like that Kleypas has continued developing characters from earlier books in the series - Annabelle and Olivia, Simon Hunt & Shaw - and does a lot of work fleshing out characters who will have their own books later.

I really cannot wait for the next installment...more
It Happened One Autumn
5 Stars

Synopsis
It is hate at first sight for Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff, and the brash American heiress, Miss Lillian Bowman. He sees her as brash and ill-mannered while she perceives him as arrogant and snobbish. The only problem is that they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Will they be able to get past their differences and accept that they are perfect for one another?

Review
Delightful and fun.

The writing and dialogue is excellent and the influence of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is very much in evidence from the load and boorish parents to the slightly shady suitor (although St. Vincent is much sexier than Wickham) and the arrogant hero who is brought to his knees by the unconventional heroine.

Marcus and Lillian have an all-consuming passion and chemistry that sizzles the pages. Their opposites attract romance with its witty banter and steamy scenes is wonderful. Marcus is sexy in his stuffiness and struggles against his attraction to a woman he perceives as beneath him (Darcy anyone). Nevertheless, the vibrant and headstrong Lillian breaks through all of his barriers.

The perfume aphrodisiac motif was original and entertaining although the "secret ingredient" was obvious from the start.

The ending is unexpected and exciting, and it will be fascinating to see how St. Vincent redeems himself in the next book - the epilogue ensured that I would read the book immediately.more
This is the second installment in the Wallflower Series. This book focuses on Lillian, the fiercely independent American heiress, and Marcus or Lord Westcliff, the stubborn, snobbish, yet very eligible English bachelor. Together these two have some serious chemistry. Unfortunately, most of the romance built up between these two occurs in book one, so it appears as if the romance happens rather quickly in book two. I could have done with a bit more back and forth between these two since there was some pretty good laugh out loud moments during their bantering. My only complaint is Kleypas’ insistence on using the word quiver once again. It’s used so much the word seems misplaced. I’m interested though in continuing onto Evangeline’s and St. Vincent’s romance.more
Well, that was intense...Again: so romantic. Lisa Kleypas you melt my heart.This book tells the story of the second wallflower scheduled to get a husband, Miss Lillian Bowman. She's filthy rich, very spirited, extremely sharp-tongued, and an American, an American husband-hunting in Victorian England, and her parents will have nothing else than an aristocrat for son-in-law - poor Lillian. Not really, for she manages to get the attention of the most eligible bachelor around, Marcus Westcliff, who is nuts about following traditions, and always does the right thing. Oh boy. Historical romance fans everywhere: you do not want to miss this.And I can not wait to put my hands on book #3 Devil in Winter, Evie's book, because she's my favorite wallflower! :)more
They say that opposites attract. I'm not sure. Are these individuals truly opposites, or do they see in the other what lies beneath the surface of their own selves? Is the brazenly out-spoken female just saying what we all wish we had the guts to say? Is it this bravery that makes her so endearing and desirable to a man who plays by the rules? I believe this is the case when Marcus, Lord Westcliffe, finds himself desiring the unfathomable Lillian Bowman.Marcus is a serene, straight-laced, proper English gentleman, not to mention the most eligible and wealthy man of the peerage. A true blue-blood. Along comes Lillian Bowman, an American girl, the daughter of a self-made millionaire. Having already read book one in this series, I knew that there was a tension growing between Marcus and Lillian. They made it quite clear to one another that each did not like the other. The verbal battles between the two were numerous. Yet these arguments masked a mountain of sexual tension between the two. The reader knows it is just a matter of time before one breaks down and gives in to these desires. But who will it be? How can this distinguished man align himself for life with such a boisterous woman when he is expected to marry a truly elegant, proper English lady in order to carry on the bloodline? These opposites do attract....but can it last a lifetime? Can they ignore their obligations and follow their hearts?I loved the heroine in this book. She was no lady....at least not a properly behaved lady of the 1800's. Lillian didn't wait for a man to ask her opinion....she gave her thoughts freely at every turn. She didn't accept what everyone told her was best....she questioned all of the rules of propriety. She was brazen, bold, stubborn, sharp-tongued, and very, very funny. A wonderfully head-strong woman. A gal I would love to hang out with. As for Marcus, he was a hero that I came to love. In book one, I thought he was a pompous a__! But this talented author reveals Marcus' history and the torment he went through as a child, and soon enough, I too was falling for this straight-laced gentleman who is really crying for a reason to let loose.... to reveal some of the rebellious boy within. I couldn't help but melt when he finally uttered what lay in his heart for Lillian: "Rest. You'll need to regain your strength.....because once we're married, I won't be able to leave you alone. I'll want to love you every hour, every minute of the day." He nestled her more closely against him. "There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile....no sound sweeter than your laughter....no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you're my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest love....how can you have reached so far inside my heart?"Lisa Kleypas has an uncanny ability to create believable characters. They are humourous, lifelike, even human! They become people you want to have tea with....chat with....gossip with. The reader connects with them easily. They make us laugh and cry; we feel empathy for them and we identify with them. We fall in love with them and cheer for them when they reach their happily ever after. I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Wallflowers series, so much so that number three is already awaiting me on my E-Reader. With the click of a button, I will be once again immersed into history and immersed into a romance that will sweep me away with a sigh.more
Lillian Bowman has many disagreeable qualities. First, she's American, something that the staunch English peerage find amusing but not to be considered for matrimony. She's crass, verbally abrasive, fiercely independent and unyieldingly stubborn- yet more traits that tend to discourage the suit of eligible English lords. But even with her penchant for enjoying a rousing game of rounders in her knickers, a lady of sizable fortune, regardless of breeding and disposition, never goes unconsidered. However, Lillian will be damned if she's going to marry some arrogant, self-important, domineering English bastard, no matter what his title may be.Lord Marcus, Earl of Westcliff wouldn't describe himself as an arrogant, self-important, domineering English bastard. With one of the oldest, purest bloodlines in England, his breeding is unquestionable, and his affections and title largely sought after by many husband hunting young ladies. He has a vast array of businesses, properties, estates and fortunes to oversee, meaning he simply is important and people naturally do what he says because he'd never entertain the notion that they'd do otherwise. So no, he wouldn't say he was any of the offensive things that Miss Bowman just happened to accuse him of. He is, however, firm in his opinion that Lillian Bowman is a crass, verbally abrasive, unyieldingly stubborn, incorrigible, American upstart and Lord help the man who is finally shackled with that insufferable girl. In short- they're perfect for each other.Here's where I gush endlessly about the absolute joy and delight that is this series. I've gushed for two books now and here's number 3. Rather this is book 2 in The Wallflowers series and each one is just as good as the last. I've read them out of order and can assure you that it doesn't matter. The Wallflowers are a group of friends who band together to support and help each other during what can be the very trying and cutthroat ordeal of husband hunting in a London Season. Each book tells a different wallflower's story and this one gives us Lillian Bowman, daughter of a rich, American businessman. Having failed miserably at finding a husband amongst the high society in New York, her parents have carted her and her younger sister Daisy off to England in hopes of catching a lord. Lillian is unapologetically outspoken and can't stomach the idea of having a husband to rule over her. Her smart mouth continuously lands her in trouble throughout the book and that trouble somehow always involves the Earl of Westcliff, who can't help himself when it comes to finding ways to provoke her. Of course their misdeeds land them in love, but not until after a thoroughly tumultuous and unconventional courtship.We are gifted with the inclusion of Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from Devil in Winter, quite possibly the best villain/hero in a romance novel ever. If you haven't read this series, you want to just to meet St. Vincent. I adore him, even with the purely dastardly thing he does in this book. I love him all the more for doing it. He's so wonderfully evil.Kleypas writes leading ladies that are very easy to relate to, and heros that any girl would find it impossible to resist, complete with all the saucy bits. If you're a romance lover, you have to read this series, and if you're not, this will sway you.more
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